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Symplectic Elements: Join/Link Publications

JOIN publications

At times publications will be duplicated and should be merged. One example is an article found in Web of Science is in ALL CAPS and the same article found in Scopus has on the first letters capitalized (aka title case).

In Symplectic Elements, duplicate citations should be joined so they only appear once in the Mine tab with the complete citation metrics and other information. If they are not joined then your metrics will not be accurate for this publication.

Chec the Mine tab by putting items in Sort by Title (A to Z) and check for duplicate titles.

Look for titles that are the same. The data sources are usual different for each item.

In this example:

  • Journal article (example 1) is capitalized using the title case method (only major words are capitalized) while in Journal article (example 2) all letters in the title are capitalized.
  • The journal article information is exactly the same in both examples (title, journal, volume, page numbers and dates).
  • Citation counts come from Scopus in example 1 while the Web of Science (WOS) and Europe PMC are covered in example 2.







Join Steps


  1. In the Mine tab click on the workspace icon  to add each item to the workspace area.
  2. Go to the persistent header at the top and click on the workspace area .
  3. Check the boxes of items that need to be joined and click Join at the top of the page .
  4. The two items are now joined into one item with both citation counts included in the item. This new item is now in the available in the Mine tab.

LINK publications

Symplectic Elements has the ability to create relationships (links) between the different aspects of the author’s research. Links (aka Parent-Child) help show relationships between different areas of scholarly activities, grants or colleagues in the institution. This does not turn them into one item (that is the Join function in the first column) but "links" them as shown in the Links tab of the item.

  • Erratum/Correction
  • Replies to original articles
  • Retractions
  • Withdrawals

In this example a journal article should be linked to an erratum (updated information related to the original article such as calculations).

Link Steps


  1. In the Publications tab click on the Create link (click on the + if Create Links is not visible).
  2.  Create links between choose the type.
  3. Choose the publication from each side, clicking Change to search for the title if it is not in the list. A date adjustment may be needed to pull up the targeted publication.
  4. In Create links between...choose Publications on each side.
    1. Check the box of the original publication in the first column.
    2. Choose the erratum to the publication in the second column.
  5. Choose Derivative of in the of type section and click Create one new link

In the Mine tab locate either the original journal article or the erratum and look at the Links tab. The relationship will now show up in this tab (in this case Links 2).